the company is founded as a family business in 1942 in linz by josef haberleitner, and the brand name is derived from this: HAberleitner LInz. in the early years, the focus is the sale of calculators, and it is only later on that hali starts to produce office furniture in aschach an der donau.
1960 – 1998
branches are opened in vienna, graz, salzburg, klagenfurt, munich, innsbruck and sankt pölten.
under the direction of the son-in-law of the founder, dr winfried ransmayr, the production facility is relocated to eferding in upper austria.
hali launches INwand, its first proprietary cabinet and partition wall system.
kr ing. michael and winfried ransmayr, mba take over the management from their father, dr winfried ransmayr, and manage hali until 2008.
hali enters the media technology market: having founding the hali vision division, it now offers meeting, training and presentation rooms complete with technical equipment.
for the first time, hali targets non-german speaking markets in other european countries. its target markets here are england and the russian federation to begin with.
for the first time, hali launches its own series of chairs, “romeo & juliet”.
the success of “romeo & juliet” prompts hali to launch its first own-brand swivel chairs: “othello”, an ergonomic office chair series.
hali is sold to fun-at-work-management gmbh (95 %) and di jürgen holler (5 %). the owners of fun-at-work are dr siegmund gruber, mba, mas, and christoph königslehner, mba. , who also becomes the new managing partner of hali.
hali decides to invest in extensive brand activation and repositioning activities.
at the same time, hali initiates a change in its manufacturing technology to “order-driven daily variant production”, which entails major investments in its production division (investment volume of 10 million euros).
in cooperation with molto luce, hali opens a sales office in munich and a new competence office at the techcenter on hafenstrasse in linz. the showroom on bürgerstrasse, linz, which is now showing its age, is closed.
during “fantastic hali week,” hali opens a new showroom at its head office in eferding and presents its new website.
hali opens a new sales office with a fantastic new showroom in lustenau.
the hali formula [48+15]m* is applied for the first time. hali becomes a klimaaktiv pakt 2020 partner. hali’s vienna sales office moves from the millennium tower to a new location on wiedner hauptstrasse in December 2013.
hali establishes itself as the no. 2 in the austrian office furniture market.
during the “industry radar” market research survey by the kfp institute, hali takes the no. 1 spot as austria’s largest office furniture manufacturer for the first time. this success prompts hali to continue honing its corporate positioning and push forward with its sustainability drive.
to underline the fact that hali takes sustainability seriously, the hali logo is changed from “red” to “blue”. “blue office” is added to the company logo and the slogan “fantastisch! nachhaltig!” (awesome! sustainable!) is introduced.
hali buys joiners gupfinger möbelwerkstätten gmbh in sankt marienkirchen near schärding and expands its portfolio to include individual furniture. custom-made solutions and bespoke furniture is marketed under the hali unlimited brand from then on.
due to special achievements in the field of mechatronics, hali receives the international mechatronics award for “outstanding achievements in the implementation of industry 4.0 measures” from the industrial association of upper austria, the mechatronics cluster, linz center of mechatronics gmbh (lcm) and the austrian association of engineers and architects, which is part of the federal state group of upper austria for its unique manufacturing facility.
important steps en route to becoming the most sustainable office furniture producer: hali is FSC and PEFC certified and receives the austrian eco-label.
hali’s marketing scope is expanded to include germany in its distribution territory.
hali acquires the gruber + schlager brand and the rights to use its furniture programmes. the subsidiary gupfinger is renamed gruber + schlager möbelwerkstätten gmbh. gruber + schlager is expanded to become a competence centre for bespoke furniture at the sankt marienkirchen location.
hali receives the austrian climate protection award for its achievements in the field of sustainability as a manufacturing company.
hali prepares its first sustainability report and receives the sdg award.
christoph königslehner, mba (managing partner) has left hali gmbh at the end of the year.
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